The Extension Community Assessment was developed by a committee of Extension Agents, Specialists, Volunteers and key informants. With the assistance of The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), Kentucky by the Numbers, Extension Offices across the state, and others, the Kentucky Extension System is implementing the process. 

Beginning in July, five pilot counties (Boone, Christian, Clark, Madison, and McCracken) began implementation. In September, the rest of the state will begin the process. The first step is an issues survey, available online here or a paper copy can be provided by your local office. Also beginning in September, Extension Agents will be conducting focus groups and key informant interviews to gain a better, more in-depth understanding of some of the county needs. 

While surveys, focus groups and interviews are being conducted in each county, Kentucky by the Numbers will be preparing secondary data analysis and CEDIK will be collecting responses from the county. These two groups will prepare reports for all 120 counties that will be publically available in Summer 2019. Extension Offices will use these reports to prepare their four-year plans of work. 

Extension has always been a grassroots organization, collecting information to prepare educational programs that are research-based and relevant. We believe the Community Assessments will make us even more responsive to emerging county needs.

We want to extend an invitation to all citizens of Kentucky to participate in this process by completing the survey or by becoming involved with your local Extension Office